Orgasm as women’s work? Rethinking pleasure, ‘sex’ and the power dynamics of orgasm through the embodied experiences of orgasmic meditation practitioners

Abstract

Drawing upon interviews with 33 practitioners of ‘orgasmic meditation’ in the UK and US, I question the extent to which the practice of orgasmic meditation might facilitate ways to uncouple orgasm from negative gendered constructions. I explore how the practice in some cases enables people to establish clear bodily boundaries and encourages women to centre their own pleasure, as well as opening up space to rethink what constitutes a ‘sexual’ practice. Theorised through a queer feminist perspective, I argue that tensions remain with orgasm as a form of women’s work, with an onus upon women to police bodily boundaries, and with moments where boundaries are broken.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/13634607231208051
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Sociology and Policy
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture (CCISC)
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
Funding Information: The author disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grants Scheme [SG162671].
Additional Information: © 2023 The Author. CC BY 4.0 Funding: British Academy SG162671
Uncontrolled Keywords: Consent,gender,orgasm,orgasmic meditation,pleasure,power,sex,Anthropology,Gender Studies
Publication ISSN: 1461-7382
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2024 08:15
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2023 11:57
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2023-10-22
Published Online Date: 2023-10-22
Accepted Date: 2023-08-14
Authors: Pilcher, Katy (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-5973-8251)

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